Jean Amiot, dit Villeneuve

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Jean Amiot, dit Villeneuve

Also Known As: "Jean Amyot dit Villeneuve"
Birthdate: (23)
Birthplace: Chartres, France
Death: May 23, 1648 (23)
Quebec, Canada (Maladie inconnue décédé à 23 ans)
Place of Burial: Québec, Quebec, Canada
Immediate Family:

Son of Philippe Amyot dit Villeneuve and Anne Convent
Brother of Mathieu Amiot Amiot dit Villeneuve, sieur de Maure and Charles Amiot dit Villeneuve
Half brother of Nicolas Maheu; Marie-Madeleine Maheu and Jean Maheu-DeClermont

Occupation: Interprête - engagé par Jésuites 1645
Managed by: Paul Louis Doré
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About Jean Amiot, dit Villeneuve

 Jean Amiot, born Abt. 1626 in OF: Picardie, France; died 23 May 1648 in Sillery, Quebec  More About Jean Amiot: Burial: 10 June 1648, Sillery, Quebec Cause of Death: Drowned   Emigrated: Abt. 1636, Arrived New France with parents
<From Our French Canadian-Ancestors" by Thomas J. Laforest. vol.26 pg.40-48>

At an early age Jean Amiot was a donne of the Jesuits, his protectors. The orphan was sent out to the land of the Hurons, where he learned their language. The Amerindians called him Antaiok, a distortion of Amiot, because they held him in esteem.

In 1645, Jean settled at Trois-Rivières, where he lived un-til his death. He often served as an interpreter. Pierre-Georges Roy recounts that Amiot, passing through Québec in 1647, chal-lenged all the young Indian boys to a race, "either with or without snowshoes. Several entered the race against him, but he beat them all".

On 28 May 1648, Jean Amiot and François Margerie crossed the Saint-Lawrence in a bark canoe, across from Trois-Riviêres. A storm rose suddenly and capsized their frail craft. The two interpreters perished in full view of the Frenchmen on the shore who were powerless to help them. Jean's body was found on 10 June, near Sillery, where they buried him.

Jean, greatly devoted to Saint Joseph, had said: "If I should happen to die, I desire that the lumber and materials with which I plan to build a house for myself, be used to build a small chapel in honor of Saint Joseph".

After his death, on 18 October 1649, Jean's property: 50 arpents of land and his building materials were bought by Jacques LeNeuf, for 183 livres.

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Jean Amiot, dit Villeneuve's Timeline

Chartres, France
Chartres, France
Age 10
May 23, 1648
Age 23
Quebec, Canada

François Marguerie et Jean Amiot se noyèrent le le 23 mai 1648 près de Trois-Rivières

June 10, 1648
Age 23
Québec, Quebec, Canada